Ruben Schalk is postdoc researcher at Utrecht University. His dissertation examined the match between education and training institutions and labour markets in the Netherlands between 1750 and 1920. His main research interest concerns the effect of institutional changes on educational opportunities and career paths, during the early modern and modern period. Other fields of interest are apprenticeship training, guilds, financial history, business history and urban history.

Involved in the following study programme(s)
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All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Schalk, R., Wallis, P., Crowston, Clare & Lemercier, Claire (2017). Failure Or Flexibility? Exits From Apprenticeship Training In Pre-Modern Europe. Journal of Interdisciplinary History
  2016 - Scholarly publications
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Slaman, P.J., Marchand, W.J. & Schalk, R. (2015). Kansen in het Koninkrijk - Twee eeuwen studiefinanciering in Nederland. (232 p.). Amsterdam: uitgeverij Boom.
Schalk, R. (2015). Splitting the bill: matching schooling to Dutch labour markets, 1750-1920. Amsterdam: uitgeverij Boom.
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Schalk, R., Gelderblom, O.C. & Jonker, J.P.B. (2012). Schipperen op de Aziatische vaart. De financiering van de VOC kamer Enkhuizen, 1602-1622. Bijdragen en Mededelingen Betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 127 (4), (pp. 3-27) (25 p.).
  2011 - Professional publications
Schalk, R. (2011). Leven, werk en financiën van Pieter Harmensz, de eigenaar van het oudste aandeel ter wereld. Steevast 2011 (pp. 74-104) (31 p.). Enkhuizen, Met Jan de Bruin (Westfries Archief, Hoorn).
  2010 - Popularising publications
Gelderblom, O.C. & Schalk, R. (2010). De boedelinventaris van Olff Stevenszoon. Kleio, (pp. 31-33) (3 p.).
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CLARIAH - Structured Data Hub
01.01.2015 to 31.12.2019
General project description 

As part of the large-scale CLARIAH project, the Structured Data Hub aims to connect and provide access to structured datasets containing socio-economic and demographic data. The project will also enable the visualisation and analysis of these data, in order to help find answers to important questions about inequality in the world and about historical demography.

CLARIAH (Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) is a consortium of over 40 partners – including all Dutch humanities research institutes, university libraries, heritage institutions, public organisations and businesses – which develops tools for the humanities, in order to facilitate the use of the increasingly large amounts of available digital data.

For more information, see the CLARIAH website.

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant: NWO Roadmap Large-scale Research Facilities
Project members UU

Completed projects

BEUCITIZEN 01.05.2013 to 01.05.2017
General project description

Postdoctoral research:

Guilds and local citizenship have suffered bad press over the last two centuries, as monopolists (or monopsonists)  tried  to capture  rents  on protected  markets  for raw materials,  labour  and consumer products. This paradigm is now under scrutiny and being revised, not least because there is enough evidence to suggest that the strict rules were not necessarily stringently applied. The parallels  with modern  practice  come to mind. Historical  studies  can help us to unravel the underlying mechanisms of such behaviour and weigh the costs and benefits of systems of protected  interests,  which are an important  dimension  of citizenship.  A systematic  and comparative study of who gained access, first to apprenticeship  and subsequently  to membership  of guilds, can build on much important research that has been undertaken over the past 25 years in various European countries.

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • prof dr Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

PhD research (completed):

Good education laid the foundation for the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic and it was an essential condition for industrial catch-up in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century. By looking at the financing and organisation of different types of education before and after insitutional changes, my PhD research tries to understand how different parties ensured a sufficient supply of skilled workers for different segments of the labour market. Was it for instance vital that guilds supervised apprenticeships, and how did top-down educational changes in the nineteenth century affect labour market supply? The project is done in collaboration with the universities of Leiden and Groningen, who research student grants (1815 - ca. 2000) from a political and social perspective respectively.

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Currently dr. Ruben Schalk teaches the following course(s):
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Drift 6
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The Netherlands

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